Our previous blog about CV tips explained the basics of putting a strong CV together. In this blog, we’ll go through presentation, job descriptions and tailoring your CV in more detail.
A successful CV is always carefully presented, and printed on clean, crisp white paper. It should be well-structured and easy to read, but keep in mind that the CV ‘hotspot’ is the upper-middle area of the first page so make sure to include the most important information there. A professional CV layout would adhere to the following structure – Name, date of birth, address, contact details, personal statement, recent work experience (highlighting key skills and achievements), relevant qualifications and training, then hobbies and interests, that promote transferable skills for the role you’re applying for.
Understanding the advertised role is vital and there are often cues hidden within the job description, so make sure to read it from start to finish, the re-read it again. We’d recommend taking notes and writing bullet points highlighting which of your skills and experience meet the criteria and where there are gaps. In areas where you are lacking, try to adapt the skills you have to limit your deficiencies. At this point, you should also be researching the company you’re applying to – check out its website, visit its premises if possible, pick up any leaflets/brochures – immerse yourself in their business. Company reviewing website Glassdoor is also a great tool to find honest opinions about the company from previous employees.
When you’ve established exactly what the job entails and how you can match your skills and experience with each requirement, you should then tailor your CV to the specific role. Having identified the most important aspects of the role, highlight them nearer the top of your skills and experience to make them to stand out. This will also show the recruiter/client that you’ve invested time in your CV – translating to a commitment to the role and real interest to work at that company.
Pictures on a CV are a personal choice, we personally don’t recommend them as how you look shouldn’t have an impact on your employability. However, if you’re applying for a role in the kitchen, pictures can be your ticket to employment. Social media is a powerful tool that only continues to grow and chefs of all abilities should be using it to showcase their skills. It certainly doesn’t hurt to send images of your best dishes or simply a link to your Instagram or Twitter profile when applying for a role… and even better, take samples to the interview.